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All Saints Church
Emberton is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population720 (2011 Census including Chicheley)[1]
OS grid referenceSP885495
Civil parish
  • Emberton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOLNEY
Postcode districtMK46
Dialling code01234
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
52°08′10″N 0°42′29″W / 52.136°N 0.708°W / 52.136; -0.708Coordinates: 52°08′10″N 0°42′29″W / 52.136°N 0.708°W / 52.136; -0.708

Emberton is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority area of the City of Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, England.[2] The village is near the borders with Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, just to the south of Olney and four miles north of Newport Pagnell.

The parish of Emberton was formed from three villages that were annexed together for ecclesiastical purposes in 1650: Petsoe, Ekeney and Emberton. Today nothing remains of Ekeney and Petsoe only exists as a hamlet called Petsoe End.

The village name is an Old English word and means Eanbeorht's Farm. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was called Ambretone;[3] in manorial records of 1227 it was Emberdestone, and by the fourteenth century it was Embirtone.[3]

In the twelfth century, the manor was owned by the Paynel (sic) family of Newport Pagnell.[3] The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Although there are no shops in the village, there is a village pub and restaurant called the Bell and Bear on the site of the old Bell Inn. The former Bear Inn was previously situated near Petsoe where the A509 now runs.[4]

Clock tower[edit]

At the heart of the village is a clock tower, which has been renovated recently[when?] with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This poem is engraved on a panel below the clock:

Time's on the wing, how swift he speeds his way,
Hastening to sink in one continuous day,
Pause passing traveller, "what thy destiny?"
When death unveils a vast eternity
Live then to Christ, in Christ eternal gain
No Christ, No Hope, but everlasting pain.

Nearby geographic features[edit]

Hollington Wood, a small patch of ancient woodland, lies about a mile south-east of Emberton.

The Milton Keynes Wind Farm is located 2 miles east of Emberton.

Notable people[edit]

Dan Wheldon (1978–2011), one of the biggest names in American motorsport, hailed from Emberton. Though relatively unknown in his native Britain, Wheldon became a star in the United States after winning both the IndyCar championship and the Indy 500 in 2005 and 2011. He was killed in a high-speed crash involving 15 cars in the 2011 IndyCar season finale held in Las Vegas.

Emberton Country Park[edit]

Country Park

Emberton Country Park is a 200-acre (81 ha; 0.81 km2) Country park on the river Great Ouse. The original gravel works site where the modern park is located was transformed by Milton Keynes City Council in 1965 into a country park[5] and is the only one in the Milton Keynes UA to be designated as such, and one of five in Buckinghamshire.[a]

There are five lakes and a (touring) caravan park within the park area.


  1. ^ The others are Black Park, Langley Park and Denham Park.


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Emberton (E04001253)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived June 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ a b c William Page, ed. (1927). "Parishes : Emberton". A History of the County of Buckingham. Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol. 4. Constable & Co. Ltd. pp. 338–343.
  4. ^ Bell and Bear - Bell and Bear
  5. ^ "Emberton Country Park". Milton Keynes Council.

External links[edit]

Media related to Emberton at Wikimedia Commons